On Thursday, September 18th, the NC EBP Center will mark its 10th year with an anniversary celebration at the McKimmon Conference and Training Center in Raleigh. Pamela S. Hyde, JD, Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a public health agency within the federal Health and Human Services, is scheduled as featured speaker. NC Department of Health and Human Services Secretary, Dr. Aldona Wos, is slated to offer opening remarks for the event.
Through a generous grant from the Duke Endowment, the North Carolina Evidence Based Practices Center was founded in 2004 in response to North Carolina’s mental health reform plan. The purpose was to create better behavioral healthcare through the dissemination and implementation of evidence based practices.
“We are now planning for our future,” says La-Lisa Hewett-Robinson, project director for the NC EBP Center, regarding the organization’s anniversary. “We will stay ahead of the curve and continue to be focused on quality, while identifying new models of learning to provide cutting edge, evidence-based training with the goal of creating outcomes that improve lives.”
Early on, the NC EBP Center fostered collaborative partnerships, developed training curriculum, identified national expert trainers and brought these experts to train selected trainers in North Carolina. These efforts helped the NC EBP Center offer contract services to build the infrastructure for translating behavioral health research into practice, and develop innovative models for workforce development in behavioral health practices and organizations.
From 2004 - 2008, the NC EBP Center’s staff, based out of Southern Regional Area Health Education Center in Fayetteville, offered 282 programs to 2,206 participants, focusing on established evidence-based toolkits. Since 2009, in addition to the toolkit trainings, the NC EBP Center identified and added new programs, including: Mental Health First Aid, Breathe Easy, Live Well (smoking cessation), community FACE-IT/SAY-IT academies, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) learning. With these additional programs, and reaching non-traditional audiences through workforce development contracts, the NC EBP Center has trained over 13,716 individuals to date.
Also in Raleigh, the NC EBP Center will present the first Annual Advancing Evidence Based Practices Award. This award will be given annually to an individual or an organization that serves as an exemplary model of working to advance the use of evidence based practices in service delivery. This year’s recipient will be notified at the anniversary celebration, with subsequent award winners being presented at Southern Regional AHEC’s annual Clinical Update and Psychopharmacology Review Conference.
Stay tuned to www.ncepbcenter.org for our next story about the award recipient and the anniversary celebration.
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